For Immediate Release
Monday, June 24, 2019
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Hull Police and Fire Departments Offer Tips for Safe Fourth of July Celebration
HULL — Police Chief John Dunn and Fire Chief Christopher Russo would like to remind Hull residents about some important safety tips that citizens can utilize to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July holiday next week.
Fireworks of all kinds are illegal in Massachusetts and open burning is only legal in the state between Jan. 15 and May 1. The Hull Police will take enhanced measures—including increased enforcement of beach parking regulations—in order to ensure that the ban on bonfires during the summer months is strictly adhered to and that fireworks are not being used at any time.
“We want everyone to enjoy their Fourth of July holiday and to be safe while do doing so,” Chief Dunn said. “The Fourth is one of the busiest times of year here in Hull and we expect many visitors who will come and enjoy a day at the beach. We ask visitors to please respect the rules of the beach and follow the laws while they celebrate safely and responsibly.”
Below is some basic information on the fireworks law in Massachusetts:
What is prohibited by the law?
Private citizens may not use, possess or sell fireworks anywhere in Massachusetts, nor may they purchase them legally elsewhere and transport them into Massachusetts. The law prohibits any item designed to produce a visible or audible effect.
What are the penalties?
A fine of up to $100 and mandatory confiscation of the fireworks, which cannot be returned.
Additionally, the Hull Police and Fire Departments remind residents to be aware of these key safety tips:
- Don’t drink and drive
- Be mindful of pedestrians
- Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays
- Report illegal bonfires to the police
- Remember: alcohol and fireworks do not mix
- Keep pets indoors
- Do not leave items on the beach that could be used for burning
“Every year thousands of people are injured by mishandling or misusing fireworks,” Chief Russo said. “Fireworks accidents can cause serious injury or even death. Even sparklers can burn as hot as 2,000 degrees and should never be used by children. Please be safe this Fourth of July and as always, if you have an emergency, call 911.”
This and other press releases are available by accessing the Town of Hull website at www.town.hull.ma.us